It is important to be able to archive and consolidate information concerning reef fish spawning aggregations. This can include anecdotal information and observations, "hard" data from catches from aggregations, photographs, film and video footage, and other types of information.
The Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations has a database on reef fish aggregations world-wide and intends to serve as a repository for other types of information. In connection with the overall database, certain criteria have been established that observations must meet before a given aggregation of fish is included in the database as a spawning aggregation (see Section II.C). The intention of these criteria is not to exclude information, but rather to put confirmed and tentative information into different tables, so that what is confidently known is not confused with the tentative and unconfirmed. If an observation does not meet these criteria, it is still possible to include the observation as "probable", "possible" or some other relative estimation of the confidence associated with the observations or data, and efforts can later be made to confirm or otherwise such reports. The instructions for making additions to the SCRFA database are available on the SCRFA website (www.scrfa.org).
Figure 57. A Live Reef Fish Trade vessel, photographed in North Male Atoll lagoon, Maldive Islands. Copious water pours from the tanks inside the vessel, indicative of the amount of effort required to keep its large cargo of reef fish alive prior to steaming to a distant port such as Hong Kong (PLC)
Figure 58. Live reef fishes, mostly parrotfishes and small groupers in a streetside aquarium in Hong Kong (PLC)